Our Core Beliefs
A church's values are often unseen, but they are powerful drivers of how we relate to people and to God. In Vineyard churches we value:
The Pursuit of God
We are hungry to know God's presence, hear His voice and pursue Him (Psalm 63:1-3).
We desire that through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus' love, mercy, grace, truth, purity, power and integrity will shine through all that we are and do (Ephesians 5:2).
The Mercy of God
Mercy is fundamental to all God does in salvation. We, therefore, aim to extend mercy to one another and to all to whom we minister (Colossians 3:12,13)
Prayer is a primary means of our communication and relationship with God (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Philippians 4:6).
It is important for us to speak the truth, deal honestly and live uprightly (Ephesians 4:15).
We aim to exercise leadership with humility, selflessness, grace, care for the people and a sincere desire to build up the Body of Christ (Mark 10:37,44-45).
Single or married, we want to enable and support mature relationships and family growth (Romans 12:9-10).
We are honoured by every person God adds to the Vineyard. We aim to maintain mutual respect, open communication, determined co-operation and believe and speak the best about each other (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
All who belong to Christ are one in His Body, the Church. We aim to maintain unity by honouring all who call on Jesus' name and by seeking relationship with all parts of the Church (John 17:21-23).
We aim to walk in the Spirit and see supernatural works of God, while also valuing the intellect and our physical humanity (James 1:5).
We wish to do nothing for "religious effect" but to act in natural, non-hyped ways. We desire to do the ministry of Christ with joy (Philippians 4:4).
We aim to speak and act in ways in which our culture can respond positively. For example, we value worship music in a style that is relevant to our time and society, and the people our churches are reaching (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
Fruit and Gifts
We value living and expressing the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. We value character above giftedness.
We want to create freedom to follow Jesus rather than conforming to arbitrary standards. We embrace grace, not legalism.
Sovereignty of Holy Spirit
We want to maintain flexible structures, traditions and practices to allow the Holy Spirit to move sovereignly.